Using a knife, my birds are carved from basswood or tupelo wood. After the piece is carved to shape, feather groups are carved in and within those groups, individual feathers are formed. The piece is then textured with a wood burner and/or texturing stones to simulate feather detail and finally, painted with acrylic paints to create the soft look of the bird in the wild. Often, the birds are set into a habitat scene which is creatively made from various materials.
Having said that, I can also finish the birds with very little carving or texturing detail, which are described as "smoothies". Other than the songbirds, most of my work is to a half size scale or miniature.
Many of the wood carvings here are with galleries or have been sold and are shown as examples of my work. For commissioned pieces, I enjoy working with the client with regard to the overall design. If you would like to commission a carving or for prices of available pieces, please contact me.